Many times, children do not immediately appear to be affected by what they saw or heard. We may assume that if they are not talking about what happened then the event must not have left a negative imprint on them. However, even if your children do not show any visible changes in their behavior, the experiences that they have gone through can have a lasting impact. Reactions to a traumatic situation can develop in any child regardless of age, gender, income level or prior emotional health.
Without the proper emotional support, children can begin to show behavioral and emotional difficulties including: difficulty concentrating in school, lowered grades, increased irritation and aggression, withdraw from family members or others, sleeping difficulties, excessive worrying about one’s safety or someone else’s safety in the home, and regressive behaviors (acting younger than ones age).